Davao City -The second round of assessment of Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will end this month.

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat clarified that the delay of posting of the final list of poor is due to the rigid implementation of the validation phase.

Listahanan validation includes the posting of initial list of poor families in the different barangays where the families are given an opportunity to file complaints with the Local Verification Committee (LVC).

To date, 148,497 complaints were received by the LVC [in the towns] and validated by Listahanan field workers through assessment and re-assessment, Director Jabagat confirmed.

Complaints include 1] some poor households should be in the list; 2] certain households should not be on the list; 3] some households were not visited by enumerators; 4] incorrect data entry in the Family Assessment Form (FAF); and 5] incomplete lists that do not represent the actual number of poor households in the community.

“We are expecting that we can already launch and share the data from the 2nd Listahanan assessment with our partners and stakeholders within the first quarter so that they can already utilize this in their programs and services for poor families in the region,” Listahanan Focal Person and DSWD XI Policy and Plans Division Chief Estrella D. Brigole said.

As of Februay 9, 832,759 households in the region were assessed and encoded.

“Davao Region is also happy to share that through Listahanan assessment, we were to able employ 2,647 individuals  (Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Encoders and Verifiers) from March 2015 up to now,” RD Jabagat said.

Spearheaded by DSWD, Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide through a family assessment.

The Listahanan database of poor households shows various poverty indicators like composition of household, socio-economic condition, incidence of senior citizens and persons with disability, access to water and electricity, occupation, income, tenure status, among others.

This system is made available to national government agencies, local government units and other social protection stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services. (DSWD)